Sunday, September 15, 2013

7 Links on Sunday - Super Connectors, Houston's Dropbox Application, and Bottom of the Pyramid Businesses

Welcome back to Sunday's column. If you missed Saturday's 6 Links, take a quick look. There were some really great articles in there. :)

The Surprising Science on How Super Connectors Scale Their Networking - I'm a good connector but I learned a bunch of tips reading this. I'll add my best tip: When people are looking for a job, help them find one. Getting a new job is tough and the process is full of self doubt and frustrations. I know cause I've been there. You can build a bond that lasts when you help someone through this process.

Drew Houston's Dropbox Application to Y Combinator - DropBox is one of the hottest startups of the last 5 years and it all started with this application to Y Combinator, a tech incubator that has spawned a ton of great startups. It's amazing how clear Houston's vision was for what DropBox would become.

Investment Worthy, Bottom of the Pyramid Businesses -  Great post by Ted Rheingold, founder of Dogster, on some fantastic startups that are serving the poorest 2 - 3 billion people in the world. Inspiring ideas that seem like great opportunities to make a return too.

Apple and Android Product Roadmaps - Android is growing insanely fast and Apple's decision this week to not release a "cheap" phone for emerging markets is going to exacerbate this trend. It's worth pointing out that in this chart, all Android devices are lumped together while Apple's three product lines are split apart. So if you combine the Apple charts, they're still close to Android, but Android's rate of growth is what should scare Apple. (note: I own shares in Apple and Google)

The Results of the 24 Hour Business Challenge - Noah Kagan challenged himself to start a business and generate $1k in revenue in 24 hours. Great demonstration that it's easier to start a business than you thought.

Is Music Getting More Energetic Over Time - Fascinating data on the music we listen to from a music analytics startup EchoNest.

Before Buying Shows, Netflix Checks Piracy Stats - When Apple launched iTunes, piracy was a huge issue for artists and music labels. From Napster to Kazaa, piracy was becoming a cultural norm. But most people don't want to steal, they just wanted to easily to listen to the music they loved. Netflix is recreating that simple value prop for TV Shows and Movies. (note: I own shares in Netflix)